Upper-Division Writing Requirement
The advanced writing component of the major in MAR/MVB requires registration in the 0-credit MAR 459 and approval of either a term paper or a laboratory report written for an advanced course in the appropriate major at Stony Brook (including Readings and Research courses).
The following courses are preapproved to meet this requirement:
- MAR 302 – Marine Microbiology and Microbial Ecology
- MAR 303 – Long Island Marine Habitats
- MAR 320 – Limnology
- MAR 334 – Remote Sensing of the Environment
- MAR 336 – Marine Pollution
- MAR 340 – Environmental Problems and Solutions
- MAR 349 – Introduction to Biological Oceanography
- MAR 355 – Coastal Cultural Experience
- MAR 356 – Maritime Traditions of New England
- MAR 357 – Unsinkable Technologies – History of Maritime Science and Technology
- MAR 380 – Ichthyology
- MAR 384 – Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
- MAR 385 – Principles of Fishery Biology and Management
- MAR 393 – Waste Treatment Technologies
- MAR 394 – Environmental Toxicology and Public Health
Students who wish to use material from a participating course should obtain the necessary form and present it to the course director prior to submission of the material. The course director will grade the material and assign a grade for the appropriate section of MAR 459.
Completion of MAR 459 (or BIO 459) with a grade of S will result in approval of the WRTD requirement.
Students should consult with the department advisor to ensure that their plan for completing the Upper Division Writing Requirement is consistent with university graduation requirements for General Education. Students completing the Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC) must complete a course that satisfies the “Write Effectively within One’s Discipline” (WRTD) learning objective to graduate. The Upper Division Writing Requirement is consistent in most cases with the SBC learning outcomes for WRTD.